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Fear lives next door.
When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly too: the horror writer and the middle-aged herbalist who live upstairs, and the Newtons, a married couple who welcome them to the building with open arms.
At first, the two couples get on well. But then strange things start to happen. Dead rats are left on their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises, and much worse, in the night. After Jamie’s best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by a campaign of terror.
As Jamie and Kirsty are driven to the edge of despair, Jamie vows to fight back – but he has no idea what he is really up against…
THE MAGPIES is a terrifying psychological thriller in which the monsters are not vampires or demons but the people we live next door to. It is a nightmare that could happen to anyone.
My Review. I had high hopes for this, it didn´t disappoint, but it wasn´t quite what I expected. But it was still a great book, just not a very great book, but I did enjoy it, and although it was predictable at times and a very fast read, I finished it in a day, it really kept my attention. It was definitely better than some of the debut novels I have read in the past few months. I think I would read another book from the same author. I am not sure the description is correct when it says “terrifying psychological thriller” a thriller, yes, psychological, yes, but terrifying, no. Having said that, maybe if I was in the position of Jamie and Kirsty I might, or not, be terrified. But it is not a scary book at all.
Kirsty is level-headed, Jamie not so level-headed and things get out of his hands, I was not keen on Jamie´s character, maybe it is because his decisions were rather stupid over and over again. For those who enjoy a book without sex, forget this one, there is loads and rather explicit sex, a little over the top for a thriller.
The author is British and there is a part where TiVo is mentioned, I understand it is to explain to the reader about play, pause, record live tv, etc, but TiVo doesn´t exist in Britain so it is a little out of place. (Admin, updated 10/07/13: TIvo does exist in UK. please read the comments)
The freakiest part of the whole book is the very, very end, the acknowledgements, the book is based on real events. Gave me the creepies.
Beware Spoilers: It doesn´t have a fairytale ending, it would have been nice, the main characters don´t end up together, none of them, it left me a feeling a little empty.